Westside Notes

“Our lives begin to end
the day we become silent about things that matter.”

                                     — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to the Summer issue of Westside Notes. After returning from a restful week on Orcas Island off of Seattle, Iíve been reflecting on the summers in South Jersey where I grew up in the 70s. It was a time and place where I could ride my bike all day, play Frisbee golf and organize ping pong tournaments, and the freedom I experienced as a kid reminds me of the spontaneity I would like to re-kindle in my grown-up life. As we wind down whatís left of summer, I do hope that the kid in you gets to play and revel in the lightness of the season.


GPALA Annual Conference 2011
Relational Group Therapy:
Loving, Hating, Knowing

September 23-24, 2011,
American Jewish University, Los Angeles

Once again the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles is hosting its annual conference, and this is an event not to be missed. Because much of the 2-day conference is experiential, I always leave with a renewed experience of what it takes to be an effective group therapist as well as a renewed appreciation for the courage and hard work it takes to show up as a client in group. For more details, visit www.gpala.org.


Save the Date:
The Evolution of Addiction Treatment
December 8-11, 2011,
Westin Hotel at LAX

On Friday December 9th, Iíll be presenting a workshop entitled ďItís Not About the Sex: The Paradox of Sexual AddictionĒ at this event, and here is an excerpt describing the conference: We provide a forum that encourages professional dialogues of controversial issues, showcases innovative and creative treatment approaches, and offers an overview of the field and its future. Iíd love to see you there if your schedule allows. For more information, visit www.theevolutionofaddictiontreatment.com.


Resource of the Month:
The Bridge to Recovery

In mid-July I had the pleasure of visiting The Bridge to Recovery in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Not only is it unique in its treatment focus, but the staff is one of the friendliest, most down-to-earth groups of people Iíve come across in a long time. The Bridge was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, mission-driven organization, and today they are one of the premier programs that treats codependency, trauma and process addictions in a very cost-effective way. They just announced that they will be opening a West Coast location in Santa Barbara which I also had the opportunity to visit, and itís quite impressive. I highly recommend that you keep them in mind if youíre looking for a quality program at a very reasonable price. Please visit their website at www.thebridgetorecovery.com or contact me so I can share my personal impressions with you.


Exceptional Westside Office
Space Available

Many of you have visited my suite of offices, but for those of you that havenít seen them, itís become a really special professional home where I hope to stay for a long time to come. Iím currently anticipating a few changes so if you know of anyone looking for part-time space on the Westside, Iíd be happy to speak with them. Here is the current availability in my suite:

     My office (15 X 15, windowed):
     all day Fridays and Saturdays.

     Medium-sized office (10 X 15, windowed):
     all day Monday, Tuesday & Thursday morning.
     (this office space will be available November 1st)

     Medium-sized office (10 X 16, windowed):
     Wednesdays til 4pm, all day Fridays.

     Interior office (cozy, 10 X 11, transom):
     Mondays until 5pm and all day Fridays.

For a detailed description of the suite, please click here.


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Summer 2011

In This Issue:

  • GPALA Annual Conference 2011
  • Save the Date
  • Resource of the Month
  • Office Space Available

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